Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

BHS volleyball struggling to finish matches

October 6, 2005

Despite a bad loss to Eudora, the Baldwin High School volleyball team played its last three opponents close, but only came away with one victory at the Wellsville Invitational Saturday.

The Bulldogs went 1-3 in pool play Saturday, but were only able to win one of three close matches.

"These girls are notorious for staying with a team, but when it comes close to winning, we just let it slip away," coach Jim Oatman said. "They just don't have that knockout punch."

The first match of the day came against Eudora, which crushed Baldwin 25-11, 25-5. Then the Bulldogs battled Waverly, but lost in two games again, 25-21, 29-27.

The final two matches of the pool play went to three games, but Baldwin only won the last one. First the Bulldogs took Pomona to three games, but lost 25-21, 24-26, 25-21.

After losing the first game 25-16 to Williamsburg, the Bulldogs came back to win the next two games 25-15, 25-18 to win the match.

Oatman thought the Bulldogs had the ability to win every match except against Eudora Saturday, but mistakes cost the team the victories.

"I think we should have won those matches," Oatman said. "Simple mistakes are hurting us. They are becoming magnified as the season progresses."

On Sept. 27, Baldwin traveled to Anderson County to take on three Frontier League schools and came away with three defeats.

Baldwin lost to Anderson County (25-13, 25-19), DeSoto (25-18, 25-23) and Osawatomie (22-25, 25-16, 25-19).

"A lot of what we battled that time was that we had just discovered last week that one girl had whooping cough," Oatman said. "We only practiced two or three times that week. They all were physically and mentally drained."

Oatman said the team needs to work on not giving the other team easy points.

"We got to quit spotting the opponents points that we can control," Oatman said. "We serve the ball into the net or out of bounds. We give them too many unearned points."

All three volleyball teams play on the road Saturday. The varsity heads to DeSoto, the junior varsity travels to Osawatomie and the freshmen go to Eudora. The freshman team plays at 4:30 p.m. today at home.

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